This week in Winning Post

Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker will be looking to bring his good form to Melbourne when smart mare Champagne Cuddles tackles the listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) at Flemington this Saturday.

Last Saturday at the Gold Coast Baker won the Magic Million Snippets (1200m) with Egyptian Symbol and the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) with Redouble.

Champagne Cuddles will make her Melbourne debut in Saturday's $140,000 sprint, on trial for a start in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning over the same course on February 16.

Can she do it? Tony Kneebone's Flemington preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for Cranbourne and Canterbury night meetings plus Ararat during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Ballina, Ipswich, Canberra and Esperance.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in SA, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Camperdown (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post January 19 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Cranbourne (night), Canterbury (night), Ararat
Flemington, Rosehill, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Ascot, Camperdown (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sale, Benalla, Cowra, Sunshine Coast
After Tuesday?s trial seventh, will Winx go through this prep undefeated?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Flemington Saturday - R6 N7 Set to Sparkle 1st
Flemington Saturday - R8 N3 Takedown 3rd
Gawler Saturday - R8 N3 Danger Deal 3rd
Gold Coast Saturday - R7 N1 Boomsara 1st
Gold Coast Saturday - R9 N14 Smartedge 6th
Letter of the Week

Galilee the great

In reference to Greg Gade’s letter (5/1), I too am a Galilee fan.
As a young man in my early 20s I was  driving semis between Adelaide and Darwin. On race days I would stop off somewhere for a bet and a drink.
The 1966 Caulfield Cup saw me in Alice Springs and I put it all on Galilee.
A big day followed.
November saw me in Tennant Creek for Melbourne Cup day.
I parked my semi behind the betting shop and again put it all on Galilee.
Stinking hot weather, radio in pub playing up, static squeak … they’re off. Barman still playing with radio.
Someone shouts, “Bernie’s got it on in his ute!”
The whole bar rushes out on to the hot, dusty street. Great result.
The truck didn’t go anywhere that day.
I followed Galilee through all his other unbelievable wins.
A mighty horse, trained by a champion.

R.J. Wear
Port Lincoln (SA)
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Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: